Resilience Playbook

Your go-to guide for accelerating equitable adaptation to the climate crisis in the Bay Area.

We already know that California is on the frontline of the climate crisis. And here, in the San Francisco Bay Area, climate hazards are hitting some communities harder than others. These impacts, along with our deeply embedded history of exclusionary zoning and growing income inequality, means that people of color and those with fewer resources often bear the brunt of the climate crisis.

We recognize our region has an immense opportunity to take a holistic approach to advancing solutions that address overlapping environmental, economic, and social challenges simultaneously. And yet, where does one begin?

The Resilience Playbook is your go-to guide for accelerating equitable adaptation to the climate crisis in the Bay Area. It offers a holistic approach to advancing solutions that address overlapping environmental, economic, and social challenges. The Playbook brings together curated strategies, recommendations, and tools to support local decision-makers and community leaders wherever they are in their journey.

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Local communities will have access to tools, information, and best practices to make informed, forward-looking planning decisions.



Easy-to-understand background information on the following key environmental and social issues: equity, water resource management (including sea level rise, groundwater rise, subsidence, and drought), wildfires, urban infill and housing, and open space and nature-based solutions.

A collection of curated landmark policies, planning guidance, sample ordinances, and case studies to guide local decision-making.

A clear framework for embedding both equity and resilience considerations into general plans, climate action plans, housing policies, and sustainability roadmaps. An interactive and user-friendly interface to catalyze connection and integration among Bay Area decision-makers and climate advocates looking to build solutions for their communities.

Curated content by respected partners, Save the Bay and Richmond LAND, with technical review provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, YIMBY Law, Greenlining Institute, and others.

Greenbelt Alliance advances its on-the-ground advocacy to raise awareness and the adoption of the Resilience Playbook.



We will track city and county land-use and planning updates to help identify opportunities and needs that will be addressed in the Playbook.

As a result, the Resilience Playbook will guide planning processes including: General Plans, Climate Action Plans, Hazard Mitigation Plans, and growth management policies such as Urban Growth Boundaries.

We will host advocacy and training activities with local and regional decision makers, leaders, and community advocates to ensure they understand and implement this new, innovative tool.

RESOURCES & Reports

Rethinking Our Connection to Nature: Bay Area Resilience Hotspots

In the Bay Area, we are lucky to have abundant diversity in our natural landscapes, built environments, and cultural expression. It is arguably one of the most unique topographies on planet Earth. Thousands of people travel from all over the world to ponder the towering redwoods of Muir Woods, enjoy the marine wildlife of the

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4 Greenbelt Types that Improve our Response to Wildfires

Wildfire season has arrived earlier than ever this year and is already showing promise to surpass the destruction of 2020. Between January 1 and July 4, there were 4,599 fires that burned 114.8 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which represents a spike of 136% in terms of area

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Bay Area Resilience Hotspots: A Natural Tool to Reduce Climate Risks

In life, change is almost always inevitable. Sometimes we embrace it in order to sculpt new realities and better opportunities for our families and communities, and sometimes we push back against it, trying to protect what we have worked so hard to build. There is one significant change that we all have in common. The

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2021 Legislative Agenda: Key Bills We Support & Oppose

Each year, Greenbelt Alliance selects priority state legislative areas to focus on that will guide our team in determining opportunities to take action on that will further our mission to educate, advocate, and collaborate to ensure the Bay Area’s lands and communities are resilient to a changing climate. Learn more about our legislative priorities here.

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Joint Statement of Wildfire & Land-Use Principles to Reduce Risk & Increase Housing

In the wake of incredible losses and the record-breaking wildfire season California had in 2020, along with increasingly severe drought conditions, our state, regional, and local governments must urgently do more to keep communities safe from wildfires while also addressing the acute housing crisis Californians are facing.  Planning where and how new development is built,

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